News and events News Open day a success On Friday 6th April Falcon Support Services held their annual Open Day to officially launch the Drop In and Minnie’s Kitchen. The event received an overwhelming attendance of over 80 representatives from organisations large and small to learn about the charity and its new venture. The guests heard from the CEO Marie Davis, Andy Cereseto Board Member and MP Nicky Morgan Patron of Falcon Support Services who praised the Bailey Trust for funding the refurbishment of the building, as well as staff members, volunteers and partner agencies who work together to enable us to make a difference to the those in the community. MP Nicky Morgan “As a Patron and long-standing supporter of Minnie’s Friends I am delighted to see the Drop In now based at the Falcon Centre. I know it will be well used and appreciated. Thank you to everyone involved so far.” The Drop In is a day centre, based at the Falcon Centre, 27-31 Pinfold Gate, Loughborough, open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday’s 9.30am – 1.30pm for those that are homeless, vulnerable or socially isolated in the community. The Drop In provides a holistic approach when working with the service users to give the individual a realistic chance to break the cycle of homelessness. We do this by: Meeting immediate needs for those in crisis and rough sleeping, including shower facilities, toiletries, use of a washing machine, clothes donations and food through Minnie’s Kitchen Pro-active action to end rough sleeping by providing an open access service with support available including debt management, housing, benefits, mental health, substance misuse support groups and referrals to specialist services. Opportunities to inspire change, including access to education, training, employment, volunteering, as well as providing a programme of meaningful activities. Minnie’s Kitchen, named so as a lasting legacy to Minnie’s Friends founded by Carol Phillips in memory of her daughter ‘Minnie’ was recognised by Falcon Support Services and presented with a bouquet of flowers by the Mayor of Charnwood, Cllr Pauline Ranson, and a plaque unveiled at the Drop In by MP Nicky Morgan. Cllr Paul Mercer, Charnwood Borough Council’s lead member for housing, said: “Falcon does an amazing job and the large number of people who attended the open day shows that I am not the only person who believes this. The new Drop In and Minnie's Kitchen add to Falcon’s impressive credentials and will assist in its invaluable work helping those in real need in Charnwood”. The charity is keen to work with partner agencies and health professionals to deliver more services within their Drop In so it can provide a wealth of support and advice in one place to those in need. To get involved please contact Rachel Hall, Service Development Manager on 01509 642372.